The War of Standards:

alternatives to post codes, lat/lon, "here"


system supplier details

1 Maydenhead Locator System / QTH

amateur radio / ham radio free, enigmatic


Toronto based , free, enigmatic

3 / ***)

Ottawa based free, enigmatic

4 what3words ***)

UK based


proprietary, enigmatic

Piracy of Wcode? (19)

5 mapcode

TomTom, Nokia etc. free, enigmatic
6   free, enigmatic

7 OpenLocationCode / plus code

Google free, enigmatic

8 xaddress

Paraguay based free, enigmatic

9 eLoc/

mapMyIndia enigmatic

10 / digital door number

Hyderabad based proprietary, enigmatic


Bangalore based enigmatic

12 OkHi

Nairobi based enigmatic

13 Nima

Senegal based enigmatic

14 snooCode

Ghana based enigmatic

15 edress

Lebanon based enigmatic

16 Addressing the unaddressed

Dublin / Kolkata migrated to Pluscode (7)

17 Q-codes

Belgium based proprietary, enigmatic

18 H3

UBER Engeneering hexagones, enigmatic
19 Wcode


Origin of w3w (4) ?

and many other reinventions of the (squared?) wheel

Just one wheel is round, metrical, local, imaginable, quantified.

Divides the horizon into 12 consumer friendly directions and has all characteristics to be a standard for orientation purposes.

Case-by-case licensing with symbolical fees.

Remark: If the system would be uncontrolled open, immediatly hundreds of "better" standards would arise